Softball Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Fabian Barlow as the Australian Open Women’s Softball Team (Aussie Spirit) Head Coach.
The announcement comes on the back of a comprehensive review process. At the forefront of the selection criteria was the success and long-term development of softball, as we prepare for the 2018 Women’s World Softball Championships and qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Newly appointed Softball Australia High Performance Manager, Andy Utting, is delighted with the selection. “We are very confident in our decision and think with the exciting times ahead, Fabian is a great person to lead our program. Fabian has considerable experience, and is well respected by the athletes he coaches”.
Softball Australia’s High Performance Program will be athlete-centred, coach-led, performance-driven, which is looking towards developing a new generation of high performance athletes and coaches. Andy and the newly appointed Head Coach will be responsible for ensuring the athletes are in an environment that focuses on their physiological, psychological and emotional well-being.
Fabian Barlow – Head Coach, Australian Open Women’s Team
Fabian Barlow earned himself the title of Head Coach for the Aussie Spirit through his extensive elite softball experience, which includes success at an array of both national, international and Olympic softball competitions.
The former Black Sox player has held highly regarded positions at the Queensland Academy of Sport as the Softball Queensland Elite Coach, as the Head Coach of the Open Women’s Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and with the Queensland Heat that has appeared in six Australian Women’s Softball Championship grand finals between 2011 and 2016.
“I am excited about my re-appointment and the opportunity and support shown by Softball Australia. With the return of softball to the Olympic program it is an exciting time for our sport and will provide great motivation for our elite female athletes to show case their ability to play at the highest level starting next week at the Gilley’s Shield. There is a lot of work to do and performance gains to be made but I am confident that the program that will be put in place, the competition opportunities provided and most of all the athletes in our pathway that those necessary performance gains and positive results can be achieved.”
The Aussie Spirit squad will commence their campaign in February 2017 at the International Down Under Series in Blacktown, over the period 9-12 February, where they will play against both Japan and New Zealand.